Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"All understanding
begins with wonder."
Goethe

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Handwork Teacher - Part Time

Urban Prairie Waldorf School seeks a part time Handwork Teacher to teach soft fibers to Grades 1 – 8 a total of 11 classes per week.  This includes teaching knitting, crocheting, felting, sewing, and other handwork arts. 

During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni, and a supportive and highly dedicated administration. 

UPWS believes in investing heavily in our employees and offers a strong compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

About the School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and promotes a rich curriculum such as Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, chorus, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and woodwork and other practical arts. Significant recent pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Kim John Payne’s Three Streams of Social Support, social inclusion/SEED, and a collaboratively taught middle school program that engages the student in knowing themselves for high school and life preparedness. 

After an extensive search, we purchased a new home for our school in 2018.  In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gymnasium, science lab, kitchen space, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude. Our Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Deliver age-appropriate handwork curriculum
  • Block and lesson planning in subject aligned with Waldorf curriculum by grade and subject. 
  • Understanding of childhood development to be used in lesson planning and classroom management
  • Appropriate and effective classroom management including use of the school’s Three Stream discipline and support process and tools
  • Ensure student safety in accordance with school policy and procedure
  • Communicate and work with parents in accordance with UPWS guidelines in parent and employee handbooks
  • Write student mid-year, block and year end reports in accordance with grade level and UPWS standards
  •  Maintain a clean and organized classroom and workspace
  • Participate in assigned committee work
  • Participate in the school’s mentoring and evaluation programs / processes
  •  Participate in all school and classroom events
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in managing classroom supply budget and field trip budget
  • Adhere to employee expectations and Communication Guidelines

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS 

Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of knitting, crocheting, felting, sewing, and other handwork arts. 
  • Enthusiasm for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century  child and develops social responsibility
  • Have a relationship and commitment to working with Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing this as part of our students’ education.  
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

 SKILLS & ABILITIES

Education:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred not required
  • Waldorf Teacher Training certification underway or a commitment to beginning within first year of employment at Urban Prairie and complete within 3 years of initial start date or other agreed upon date.Note: Subject-specific Waldorf training is acceptable, such as Spacial Dynamics.

Experience:  

  • A minimum of three – five years of experience in education and teaching handwork is preferred  

Computer Skills:

  • E-mail used on a daily basis

 

  • Knowledge of Microsoft word and excel, Google documents, Dropbox, and Trello

 

Nondiscrimination statement Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies or financial aid policies. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 


Student Support Coordinator - part time

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is seeking a qualified and motivated individual to work as a part time Student Support Coordinator beginning in Summer 2019.

During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni, and a supportive and highly dedicated administration. 

UPWS believes in investing heavily in our employees and offers a strong compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

 About the School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and promotes a rich curriculum such as Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, chorus, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and woodwork and other practical arts. Significant recent pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Kim John Payne’s Three Streams of Social Support, social inclusion/SEED, and a collaboratively taught middle school program that engages the student in knowing themselves for high school and life preparedness. 

After an extensive search, we purchased a new home for our school in 2018.  In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gymnasium, science lab, kitchen space, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude. Our Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

Key Contributions

The (Three Stream) Student Support Coordinator will support the Student Support Executive Group (SSEG) in planning, implementation of interventions, and documenting of students that have been referred to the SSEG. This individual will work closely with faculty and act as a liaison between families and teachers. The successful Student Support Coordinator will foster positive working relationships between home and school in support of the children.

Assigned Responsibilities

The Student Support Coordinator (SSC) is the Student Support Executive Group chair.  This Student Support Coordinator oversees the: Student Action Committee (SAC) and the facilitation thereof, Support Circle scheduling and facilitation, Three Streams documentation and policy development, collaboration with teachers and parents to ensure Support Level plans and services are executed as planned, communicate development of and changes to Support Levels and service plans to faculty, staff, and parents in a timely manner, facilitate and coordinate collaboration amongst the Three Streams of Student Support – Social Inclusion, Guidance and Discipline, and the Care and Therapeutic Stream. 

  • Participate as a member of the faculty in professional development, faculty meetings, in-services, and other shared duties
  • Maintain and strive for an openness to understand and work with the Anthroposophic underpinnings of Waldorf Education and Rudolf Steiner’s indications on child development.
  • Have a solid foundation of the Three Stream of Student Support process 
  • Manage the work and collaboration of each stream in the Three Streams (Social Inclusion, Guidance and Discipline with emphasis on restorative justice practices, Care/Therapeutic). Support these committees, hold them accountable to their work, and ensure that proper policies and procedures are being created and taking place.
  • Chair SSEG meetings. Attend Social Inclusion, Care Group, and Discipline and Guidance meetings as needed.
  • Oversee Student Action Committee (SAC)
  • Support faculty in using the Three Streams properly, and hold them accountable to these expectations. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Being the “go to” for questions 
    • Providing resources related to the Three Stream process to better work with students in need of support 
    • Providing ongoing professional development on the Three Streams support tool kit
    • Coordinating meetings between class teachers, subject teachers, and referring teachers as needed.
    • Attend and coordinate Student Support Circle Meetings and follow-up meetings.
    • Ensuring that proper data tracking, communications, and documentation are occuring. 
    • Guide student interventions and follow-up with individual students and faculty as needed.
    • Intervene in social, emotional and discipline difficulties, providing support and individual bridge counseling as needed.
    • Manage the Quiet Room staffing and care

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling or related field preferred.
  • Prefer 1 -2 years of school counseling/education support background with training in Waldorf/Three Streams preferred.
  • 1-2 years working in a leadership capacity
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to collaborate.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent skill in facilitating meetings.
  • Belief in the mission, vision and goals of Urban Prairie Waldorf School and philosophies of Waldorf education.
  • Ability to uphold confidentiality, maintain a strong personal work ethic and unquestionable personal integrity
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing this as part of our students’ education.  
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth.

Nondiscrimination statement Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies, and financial aid policies. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer. 

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org.  


Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago’s near west side seeks a Pedagogical Director.   

On the cusp of our 10th anniversary, UPWS seeks a strong and charismatic leader to lead our faculty out of our pioneering stage and into our next phase of development as an organization. During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni and a supportive and highly dedicated administration. We seek an innovative thinker who is disciplined in both thought and action, is both collaborative and decisive, and will bring form and direction to our pedagogical goals and priorities. The school is in the midst of an exciting strategic planning initiative around governance, and this position is core to our leadership planning.    

UPWS believes strongly in investing heavily in our employees and offers a strong compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

About the School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and promotes a rich curriculum such as Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, chorus, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and woodwork and other practical arts. Significant recent pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Kim John Payne’s Three Streams of Social Support, social inclusion/SEED, and a collaboratively taught middle school program that engages the student in knowing themselves for high school and life preparedness.

After an extensive search, we purchased a new home for our school in 2018.  In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gym, science lab, kitchen, cafeteria, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude, and our Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

Pedagogical Director Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with the faculty, administration, and the Board to support the mission and vision of the school
  • Holds and advances the strategic vision of the pedagogical arm of the school
  • Has a strong relationship with anthroposophy, which informs the pedagogical “big picture”
  • Works with the faculty to deepen knowledge and understanding of anthroposophy, pedagogy, curriculum, and child development  
  • Oversees the faculty in the planning, implementation, and management of day-to-day affairs related to classroom and pedagogical decisions at Urban Prairie Waldorf School
  • Oversees teacher professional development, mentoring, and support
  • Mediates/facilitates parent-teacher and teacher-teacher relations where necessary
  • Has a widely visible presence throughout the school
  • Is available to answer questions and concerns about the curriculum from parents and the greater community
  • Represents the school to the parent body and public.
  • Is a member of the faculty and may teach in the classroom on a limited basis

Candidate Qualities and Capacities

  • Strong communicator
  • Solid leadership and human resources capacities (hiring, mentoring, assessing)
  • Full of energy and enjoys working hard
  • Open-minded, patient, and relates well to all kinds of people
  • Forward thinking, strategic, and able learn and adapt to successes and failures to strengthen our organization
  • Enthusiastic for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century  child and develops social responsibility
  • Committed to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and able to foster a teaching culture that brings this as part of our students’ education  
  • Able to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support
  • Flexible, with a growth mindset
  • Committed to personal and professional growth

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in liberal arts or education, and Waldorf teaching certification
  • Minimum of 8 years teaching experience, preferably through grades 1-8
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven leadership experience to include experience facilitating human resources processes
  • Ability to lead a College of Teachers, preferably with previous experience on a College or a similar body, including demonstrated leadership
  • Experience researching and building new and innovative curriculum as well as the standard Waldorf academic curriculum
  • Demonstrated track record of excellent verbal and written personal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, comfortable using email, and able to learn the school’s database and other software systems

Starting salary is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.


Aftercare Teacher
Urban Prairie seeks an aftercare teachers for grades Early Childhood – 8th grade. The teacher will be expected to:
  • gather students from each classroom after dismissal;
  • escort students outside;
  • monitor and encourage positive play outside;
  • lead games or activities; and
  • bring students inside for a school-provided snack and indoor playtime.
  • Assist at reception desk and greet parents.
We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:
  • Prior experience working with elementary-aged children;
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Planning structured, grade appropriate outdoor/ indoor activities
  • Working as a team with other UPWS aftercare teachers
  • Discipling/redirecting children into positive play and behavior
  • Keeping all children in a calm and content state of mind
  • Timeliness

We are looking for a charismatic, self-starting individual for this role. The position is paid $15/hour. The position is available for immediate hire.

If interested, please send your resume and letter of interest via email to:Administration@urbanpriaire.org

Substitute Teachers (General)

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is expanding our full-day substitute teacher list. We invite experienced teachers, advanced M.Ed. students, and Waldorf teacher training students to apply for this wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a Waldorf classroom. We will hold an observation and training day in early March to familiarize substitute teachers with Waldorf methods. Lesson and classroom guidelines will be provided for each grade.

To join the list, please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».